Patrick Barry, the founding member of TreeKIT’s Advisory board, has added an important new map feature — a “legend” in and of itself (pun intended).
At long last, this legend helps explain the following:
- When zoomed out, the map displays block edges color-coded by tree density.
- When zoomed in, individual trees become visible. Trees are classified as “Alive,” “Dead,” “Stump,” or “Empty Bed.” “Alive” trees are graded into six size classes by diameter at breast hight.
- When closely zoomed in, individual treebed rectangles become visible.
Thank you Patrick for this great addition to the map!
TreeKIT is planning a design competition for innovative guards / seating / bike parking that helps protect trees and the soil beds they grow in. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, check out the above inspirational design by Roman Vrtiska.
This design by WXY Architecture + Urban Design wraps organically around a tree while providing seating. Unfortunately the metal slats were designed to deter skateboarding.
We’re starting to save our favorite tree guards designs here: http://pinterest.com/ebarry/tree-guards/ — consider adding some pins!
We’re using Tilemill to create maps of the data mapped by TreeKIT over the past year and a half. Trees are sized according to their trunk size, red indicates a standing dead tree, orange indicates a stump, and black indicates an empty bed ready to be replanted.
All of Prospect Heights, and portions of Woodside, Sunnyside, and Astoria are complete — which neighborhood will be next?
Our friends at Azavea have expanded the Urban Forest Map code base into what is now known as Open Tree Map. We are delighted to be among their partners!
Check out these instances of Open Tree Map around the United States:
The original, San Francisco, created by Amber, Kelaine, Josh, Dane and many others! — http://urbanforestmap.org/
New instances created by Azavea:
Philadelphia — http://phillytreemap.org/
Sacramento — http://www.greenprintmaps.org/map/
Get in touch if you are interested in helping bring Open Tree Map to New York City.
Thanks to the wordsmithing of Sarah Goodyear (@buttermilk1), a catchy article about TreeKIT is circulating in the blogosphere — check it out on Grist and Atlantic Cities.
Thanks to everyone who rolled blocks this summer, 76.2% of the Western Queens Outage areas have been mapped! You all made it happen!
Although we are still glad to set up parties directly with groups who want to map before the leaves drop in a few more weeks, the standing Saturday morning and afternoon sessions have come to a close for the year. Data entry continues in earnest in our new shiny postgres database courtesy of Sophia Parafina.
Here it is, folks. We’re pretty darn close to 75% completion, and tomorrow is our last day out in the field for this season. Not bad for a handful of Saturdays. More to follow soon…
Another 20 blocks – go team!
Welcome back to tree mapping in Western Queens! Our first weekend out on the street was incredibly productive, with more than 20 blocks mapped (see the productivity map below). A bit THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers for starting the autumn mapping season with such a great day.